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jmc0319 03-31-2014 07:09 PM

I hate urethane
It seems no matter what I do I never get that glass like finish I've read about when applying urethane. I have tried everything I know of but still no good. I wind up with brush marks. I would love to hear ideas or tricks please! N

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CallMeVilla 03-31-2014 08:59 PM

Its about application methods ... If you are using a brush, it should be new and high quality. The best way to get a smooth finish is spraying, so you are already behind if you are brushing.

Do you heat your poly? On furniture, I bring a pot of water to a near boil, hen remove it from the heat. I barely crack open a can of poly and place it in the pot to warm before starting. Not sure about the temperature, but after a couple of minutes, I remove the can and start applying to the flat surfaces. Be careful not to over load it because it will be runny. Smooth, light brush strokes needed going the length of the piece. Don't "tickle" the work because it will leave marks. When the poly starts to cool in the can, replace the lid slightly and re-warm it.

Let that surface dry overnight or two days. Lightly touch sand with 600+ sandpaper. Blow the surface with compressed air. Wipe surface with tack cloth to remove all dust.

Repeat next coat. Now, turn the piece on its side and do the same with the same process. Then do the other side.

I did a bedroom set for my first daughter this way. She is grown up with little kids of her own now ... and still has the set in storage for her daughter (just born). It remains glassy and smooth.

If that doesn't wind your clock, try this approach using automotive finishes for the ultimate look:

jmc0319 04-01-2014 07:49 AM

Great idea warming it up. Thanks villa.

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bud16415 04-01-2014 08:30 AM

I’m going to try that as well. Thanks for the tip Villa.

jmc0319 04-01-2014 12:48 PM

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Well here is a picture of the small accent table for my daughter. While I am satisfied with it I would change a couple of things. First I tried the varathane stain and poly all in one. NEVER AGAIN. This stuff is awful. Also I would warm up the poly as Villa suggested. Attachment 6338

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nealtw 04-01-2014 05:08 PM

You are doing some nice looking work.;)

slownsteady 04-01-2014 09:03 PM

Hey! Where'd you get my bed sheet?!

jmc0319 04-01-2014 09:12 PM

Ha ha that's great. I think I also have your Power Rangers sheet too.

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nealtw 04-01-2014 09:40 PM


Originally Posted by slownsteady (Post 102845)
Hey! Where'd you get my bed sheet?!

slownsteady 04-02-2014 09:06 PM

No thanks, I just changed my logo.

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